A day out in London

This statue was taken from Halicarnasos

As we are leaving London tomorrow, we thought we would go out for the day. We set off latish morning and headed to Bloomsbury and the British Museum.  .  It was predictably crowded and most crowded where it is always most crowded (in the Egyptian rooms and around the Parthenon pieces).  We spent some time looking at the lion hunts (I do love the Assyrian pieces), then a quick look around the pieces taken from Turkey.   The Nymphaeon and the huge pieces from the Mausoleum in Halicarnassos (now Bodrum) and this small head was found in the temple of Artemis at Efes.  It was picked out for display because modern techniques had revealed blue paint around the eyes…

A couple of hours wandering round and, sick of crowds, we headed out to buy a travel hairbrush as ours is past its best. Nomad did not have one. So we headed to Katmandu in Oxford Street (more crowds) who did. Via Muji for tea tree oil (repels mosquitoes, we hope) and travel toothbrushes.

We independently but mutually decided it would be good to walk through Hyde Park to Exhibition Road then see what we felt like doing. Walking through Hyde Park is always pleasant. We saw lots of people and some water birds including a heron. The photo I took of the heron didn’t come out (the camera on my phone has limited ability to zoom).

The Natural History museum, though free, had a huge queue to get in so we went to the Science museum which was also free (and fairly crowded, as is only to be expected). We wandered round various exhibits – I particularly liked the 17th Century scientific instrument gallery. Then we came back to this flat via Wasabi for some sushi.

Have packed and are now heading out for dinner…

One response to “A day out in London

  1. Like you we have an interest in Turkish ancient sites; so far we’ve been to sites at Cappadocia, Istanbul, Olympos/Chimaera, Fethiye and Kaunos. I have many books on Turkish archaeology too inc. the Freya Stark collection, some one-off books, and I’ll get the George Bean collection some time. I’ve realised we’ll need to visit the British Mus as so much Turkish archaeology is there!

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